Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Watch this!

Arwen McCullen is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. Her challenge is "Unusual Cards". This is what she had to say about her challenge.
"Anyone can do a square card. I like unusual creations and would like to see other card types this week. Enjoy the implementation and I'm curious about your art works."
If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!!  

Here's my pocketwatch card with Stampotique's Owl with Wings (Jo Capper-Sandon).

 Here's it open!

Owl with Wings was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut. His eyes, beak, and talon were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to add dimension and shine. He was set aside while I worked on his background.

Two sheets 6" x 8" sheets of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) were painted with Carbon Black Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paint (DecoArt).  Using a piece of Cut n'-Dry Foam (Ranger) , Metallic Gold MFA paint was pounced onto the cardstock until the black was mostly covered. When that layer was dry, Quinacridone Gold MFA paint was dabbed, swooshed, and swirled onto it using a wire-coiley brushy tool (Art-C). This step was repeated using Interference Gold MFA. The combinations of colors and applications resulted in a very cool (if I might say that) tarnished gold look.

One sheet of the gold-painted cardstock was scored. The fold was placed slightly to the right of the cutting blade of my Pocketwatch Frame Alterations die (Sizzix) then run through my Big Kick, which yielded a Pocket Watch shaped card.

The gold cardstock was also die-cut with a two dies from my Nesting Rings die set (Lifestyle Crafts), the Chained die (Sizzix), the Ivy set (Spellbinders), the hands from the Clock and Gears die set (Elizabeth Craft Designs),  and the A Hint of Lime font die (Die-Versions).

Ultramarine Blue was mixed with Pthalo Blue MFA then sponged over a printed clock face from my stash. Circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders) were used to cut out the center and outside bits of the watch face.

Ultramarine Blue and Pthalo Blue MFA were sponged onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore), then die-cut with a Circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders). Dioxazine Purple MFA was sponged over my Tornado stencil (Tando Creative) onto the circle, allowed to dry, then Titanium White MFA was sponged over my Starry Nights stencil (The Memory Box).

The stenciled painted circle was adhered to the center of the front of the card. The painted-clockface was adhered over it, then the rings were added to the outside of the clockface and around the starry-tornadoey center.

Owl with Wings was adhered to the minute hand and then adhered to the center of the card. The chain was adhered to the back watch fob, the ivy leaves, whose edges were lightly sponged with Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger), were added to the watch as ornamentation, and "Woo-hoo" was added to the watch itself.

I will likely go back and add a graduation cap to the owl and then use the card as a graduation card since both of my nephews are graduating this year!

If you made it through all the above, kudos!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Die-Cuttin' Divas Challenges: Anything Goes
Sweet 7 Designs Challenges: Lucky Gold 
Get Creative Challenges: Must Use a Die-cut 
Scrapy Land Challenge #15: Anything Goes


  1. OMG this is so brilliant Kathi!!! I love it!

    xx Arwen

  2. Fabulous idea Kathi! And perfect for a graduation card xx

  3. Oh my goodness, this is genius!! I love the pocket watch and it's going to make a perfect graduation card.

  4. Just stunning, Kathi! You put so much work into this card! And it is a real work of art! I love everything about it! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  5. Great card! I love the shape of your card and the owl is adorable! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #15!

  6. Great project thanksforjoinigusat Get Creative Challenges good luck x

  7. Marvelous project, Kat! Love the details making it a pocket watch! Thanks for sharing your pretty project in the Scrapy Land Challenge! hugs and blessings, de {Creative Smiles}

  8. This is wonderful Kathi, totally inspirational :) xx

  9. This is so awesome!! I love the shape and colors!! The owl is fabulous!! Thanks so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. What a great idea and a fabulous result.

    Thanks for joining us at the Sweet 7 Challenge.

    Helen x